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Regional programme: Africa Economic Justice

Within the Africa Economic Justice programme, Diakonia supports ten regional partner organizations who are pushing for fair financial flows in and out of Africa, and economic equality throughout the continent. Diakonia supports their efforts financially and through capacity building. This allows our regional partners to access centres of power and influence economic policies.


Our focus

Within the framework of the Africa Economic Justice programme (AEJ) Diakonia and its partner organizations strive for:

Debt reduction – to mobilise resources for development and to promote responsible lending/borrowing practices.

Aid effectiveness – to promote aid and development effectiveness.

Gender equality in economic issues – to ensure equal participation and economic opportunities for women and men.

Sustainable private sector investments and operations – to ensure that all people benefit from private sector investments and economic growth.

Climate justice – to ensure adequate funding and appropriate policies for adapting to climate change and to create a fossil free sustainable development path for Africa.

Fair trade regimes – to enable Africa to make use of its competitive advantages and to contribute to poverty eradication.

Diakonia’s work makes a difference

Our partner organizations have managed to:

Conduct research, networking and capacity building concerning tax evasion and pro-poor trade regulations in relation to CSOs and national governments.

Organize the SADC Peoples’ Summit, with 250 participants from a diverse range of backgrounds, held at the same time as the annual SADC Summit of Heads of States or Government. The summit resulted in local organizations beginning to tackle the SADC focal points.

Produce a report on mining companies coinciding with a tragic mining accident, which thereby garnered much media attention and highlighted the issue of mining.

Lobby the East African Community (EAC) to adopt a Gender Bill to ensure that gender is mainstreamed in the development of East Africa countries.

Represent the African voice in global meetings on climate change and aid effectiveness.

Mobilise civil society organizations in holding African governments accountable on tax justice issues.

Read more about the Africa Economic Justice programme

  • Somalia: Tax awareness

    Diakonia supported the Puntland government in collecting tax, and influenced the tax system.